No matter how cool your laptop, it’s just not big enough when watching a film. With some proper tools and right methods, connecting your laptop to flat TV can provide the solution to a better viewing experience.
Connecting through S-Video Port
Check for the external display ports. Both the TV and Laptop will have the S-Video port options for external display.
Use a cable to connect the S-Video ports of the laptop and television. The video on the laptop gets displayed on the TV screen through this.
- While connecting the S-Video port, make the changes in the appearance menu of the control panel on the laptop. Select the external display option from the display menu and ensure the video on the laptop gets duplicated or reflected in the television.
Decide how to stream the audio. Note that the audio continues to play on the laptop. If the audio system of the laptop is of high quality, then it is better to watch videos in this manner. If you wish both video and audio from the television, then a separate cable has to be used to connect the audio ports of the laptop and the television.
Connecting through VGA Port
Use this method for older TVs and laptops. It is the perfect alternative to S-Video but is a rather expensive method, so be warned. This method works best in case of old television and laptops. It requires the purchase of a VGA to TV converter, which is where the cost comes in, as converters are quite expensive. These converters will convert the video from the laptop to be displayed on the television screen.
Connecting through DVI Port
Look for the laptop’s DVI port. Use the appropriate cables and adapters to connect to the HDTV port of the television. DVI Port supports only video interface and you will need external speakers to play the audio. Audio cables can be used to connect the laptop speakers to the TV speakers.
- The sound quality is not good in this connection. Hence, use external speakers for better sound quality.
Connecting through Cables
Using cables is the popular technique to view laptop content on a TV screen. It is the most inexpensive method of connecting the laptop to the TV and watching the videos.
Use an HDMI cable. In the case of modern laptops and TV, an HDMI cable can connect the laptop, and TV HDMI ports are enabling a connection between the two.
Use a VGA cable. If the laptop and TV are old, then use a VGA cable to establish a connection. Two 3.5 mm cables are required to sync audio and video.
Use adapters in case of no video outputs in laptops.
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